The Love-Tones were a male backing group at Motown in the early 1960s.
The group included singers Carl Jones (lead), William “Mickey” Stevenson (tenor), Joe Miles (baritone) and Stan Bracely (bass). Stan Bracely and Carl Jones recorded with a group called The Teardrops in the early 1950s. They recorded as The Love-Tones for various different labels in the late 1950s and into the 1960s, featuring on Henry Lumpkin’s “What Is A Man?” in 1961. They were signed by Motown shortly after.
There they recorded backing vocals for artists like Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye and Marv Johnson (who was still signed to United Artists). For some reason, unlike other Motown backing groups, The Love-Tones actually received credit on releases on which they were featured. They also recorded some material as artists but none of it was released.
After 1962 the group dropped off the face of the earth, having apparently broke-up. That is, until Ian Levine (who else?) recorded a reformed version of the group around 1990 for his Motorcity project. Stan Bracely, Burford Glanton, Will Harvey and Robert Walker recorded enough material (mostly original songs) for a whole album, Turn This Heart Around, which was released in 1991. Mickey Stevenson, meanwhile, had gone on to become a successful writer-producer and head of A&R at Motown until he left the label in 1966.
- Stan Bracely (1956-62, 1990)
- Carl Jones (1956-62)
- Joe Miles (1956-62)
- William “Mickey” Stevenson (1956-62)
- Burford Glanton (1990)
- Will Harvey (1990)
- Robert Walker (1990)